How do sonnets deal with the theme of love?

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How do sonnets deal with the theme of love?

        Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare        

Shakespeare, as well as writing many famous plays is also noted for his sonnets.

A sonnet is traditionally a fourteen-line poem, Shakespeare mostly wrote his sonnets about love. It was traditional during the Elizabethan age, for gentlemen to write love sonnets about their lover and give it to her. It was the way men used to woe women they liked.

Shakespeare wrote one hundred and fifty four sonnets and due to the number and their consistent quality, his particular style became known as 'the Shakespearean sonnet form'. A Shakespearean sonnet has fourteen lines, broken down into three quatrains and ending with a rhyming couplet.

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In each quatrain a different subject is discussed and described, the subject is then changed at the start of each new quatrain.

A Shakespearean sonnet has the rhyming pattern ABABCDCDEFEFGG.

For example in sonnets “130”, the first quatrain shows this rhyming pattern, it is at the beginning so is the ABAB part.


“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;

Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun

If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.”

The rhyming couplet, i.e. GG, often finishes a Shakespearean ...

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